About This Listing
Make yourself at home staying at “The Pennrich” during your visit to beautiful San Diego. Located in the central neighborhood of Hillcrest, famous for its diverse population, gay friendly, and home to many bars, restaurants, shops, and transportation, my studio apartment is located above a garage with a private entrance and has no common walls. You can enjoy sitting on your private balcony and enjoy a leisurely breakfast or your evening happy hour. Inside the unit you will find a queen size bed, queen size futon, a full size kitchen stocked with basic cooking supplies including a french press coffee maker, toaster, blender, and a nice selection of coffee, teas, sugar, sweetener, and creamers, TV, DVD player (I have a selection of movies you may borrow, or you can rent movies from a nearby Red Box machine). There is a Mexican marble bathroom with large pedestal sink, bathtub(towels supplied) , and European shower head. There is plenty of natural light, wonderful natural ventilation, cathedral ceilings, track lighting, along with hardwood, tile and marble floors. In the evening you can enjoy the ambiance of a gas burning fireplace, or sit out on the balcony by candlelight. To be honest, airbnb's photography makes my place seem larger than it really is, but it's far from feeling claustrophobic having such high ceilings, even in the bathroom. There is plenty of free street parking in front of the studio should you have a rental car. A major bus line is only 3 blocks away which will take you to the center of the city in about 20 minutes, or you could walk there in less than an hour. The world famous San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park is a short 15 minute walk, and you are a short 5 minute walk away from grocery stores such as Whole Foods, Ralphs, Trader Joe's, and a liquor store.There is also a Rite Aid (24 hour pharmacy) within walking distance, as well as close proximity to both Scripps Mercy Hospital and UCSD Medical Center. In addition, no matter what type of food you’re craving, you will be satisfied with your choices of Thai, Mexican, Japanese, Continental, Indian, Mediterranean, and American cuisine within a 10 minute walk, along with a 7 Eleven, McDonalds, Subway, Starbucks Papa John's Pizza, Fed Ex and a Post Office. There is a wide choice of bars within walking distance, including gay, straight, mixed, or wine, where you can dance or socialize. The Alibi, Hillcrest’s oldest bar is 3 blocks away, and each Sunday morning there is a wonderful farmer’s market where you can shop for fresh produce, hot and cold prepared foods, and inexpensive fresh flowers.
Your host is a native San Diegan, and can give you many recommendations of “must sees” in San Diego. Whether you are here to enjoy Pride weekend, the Rock and Roll Marathon, Comic-Con, or any other large event, or just here to relax. I will try my best to make your stay as enjoyable as possible, and hope you will visit us soon. If you find you are unhappy at The Pennrich for any reason, I will be more than happy to refund your full rental costs (minus airbnb's own fees) for any unused nights. Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to meeting you in “America’s Finest City” soon!
P.S. I'm sorry, but our property is not suitable for those with children. Babies who are not yet walking are welcome though. I do have a wireless internet connection, but have received complaints about it's strength, so no longer list it as an included amenity. Some guests have had no problems making a good connection though. There is a coffee shop and McDonald's 3 blocks away which both offer free internet service if it is absolutely necessary for you. Please keep this in mind when reserving my space. This is a non smoking rental.
Own entrance gate, and private balcony.
Interaction with Guests
There are only a few short hours per day that neither one of is is at home and on the property should you have any problems or need assistance. We respect our guest's privacy, so will leave it up to you as to how much you'd like to interact with us. We will be more than happy to sit down chat whenever you'd like though, and give you advice as what to see and where to eat. :)
The neighborhood of Hillcrest is quite trendy, very friendly, and always lively, yet quiet during the late night hours when you're ready to rest. It truly offers everything you could possibly want or need.
The main bus line is just 3 blocks away, so access to Old Town, the Fashion Valley shopping center, and the city center are very easy to access for those who don't have access to a private vehicle.
Other Things to Note
Please be aware that there is a 2 adult guest limit, and we do not allow children on the premises at any time.
This is a pet free, smoke free property, but you may smoke out on the sidewalk or in the neighborhood as allowed. We live in a quiet residential neighborhood and ask that guests respect the peacefulness of our property and respect the neighbor's low noise level as well. We also ask that you report any damages you notice immediately so we can take note and know that it was not caused by you. Also, please wash and store any dishes, pots, or pans you use before your departure in preparation for the next guests. There is a 2 adult guest limit, and please, no children allowed on premises.
Filbert is great host. House Is perfect clean and beautiful in great location next to zoo and balboa park. For sure I will come back there.
Great location. Interesting neighbourhood. Highly recommend.
Great hosts! Filbert was super responsive and friendly. Definitely recommend.
One of the best locations in Hillcrest/San Diego. Walking distance to Balboa Park, museums and many restaurants and clubs. Filbert was a great host and very accomodating and the rental was clean and very private. It was like staying in a second home with everything you would need in your everyday regular life. Full kitchen with all appliances, utencils, coffee maker WITH reg. and decaf coffees. I will be looking to stay here whenever I am going to spend more time in the great city of San Diego. Great find. You will not be disappointed for staying here.
The apartment was clean, comfortable and secure...walking distance to stores, restaurants, Balboa Park and MTS Route 7 to downtown.
Filbert is by far the best host. The pictures are indeed accurate and the review of him as well. Filbert's home is amazing, beautiful, and the neighborhood is quiet, peaceful, and calm. Filbert wrote a list of restaurants nearby, sights to see, and brochures of events. The locals are extremely nice. Everything is walking distance, food,groceries, the public bus, bars, and cafe's. Filbert is heartwarming and understanding. He leaves his information with you if you have any questions and he will respond to you asap. Filbert has it all i recommend staying here. He is very understanding, and will help you solve any problem you have. I stayed for three nights and i slept like a baby bed comfortable, neighbors quiet, calm night, and no disturbance.
About the Host, Filbert
I was born in the Hillcrest neighborhood of San Diego and have never left its accepting and diverse culture. I have traveled extensively in our small world, and know how nice it is to come home to a warm, clean, and cozy place at night, whether it be a private home, hotel, or tent. I take great pride in offering you a home away from home which is clean, safe, private. and has what I hope includes everything you need to feel comfortable after a long day of touring San Diego. I can recommend the "must sees" for you to make the most of your visit, and hope that you will leave my city with fond memories, and anxious to return. I also offer you a money back guarantee, so that if you're not happy for any reason with your accommodations, I'll make sure you get a refund for any unused nights. I love my day job working with kids who keep me grounded and young at heart. I have a great sense of humor, and like to spend my weekends just relaxing at home with the Weber grill and some good company. My mother used to tell me that you need only 3 things to be happy: Something to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to. Heeding her advice, I look forward to hosting you soon! Happy travels, Filbert.
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